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Lanny Davis: Lobbyist for Despots - by Stephen Lendman

On October 2, 2009, Legal Times writer Jeff Jeffrey headlined, "Lanny Davis Leaves Orrick for McDermott Will & Emery," saying:

Former Clinton White House special counsel "left Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe to join McDermott Will & Emery's regulatory and government strategies practice." At Orrick, he "led a rather unusual practice that included litigation....related media strategies, (and) advis(ing) clients on crisis management." 

In fact, he then and now he lobbies for despots and predatory corporate clients.

"More recently, (he lobbied) on behalf of Honduran business leaders to convince members of Congress to support the removal of" democratically elected former President Manuel Zelaya. 

In June 2009, a Washington orchestrated coup replaced him with the current fascist regime, responsible for reigning terror against human rights activists, pro-democracy groups, campesinos, independent journalists, and others challenging state/oligarch/drug lord power.

Post-coup, The Hill.com reported that the far-right Business Council of Latin America (CEAL) hired Davis to lobby Congress and conduct supportive PR for the interim Micheletti government. It involved a media blitz, arranged meetings for coup plotters with congressional members, and drafting an Accord to form a National Unity and Reconciliation Government as cover to solidify fascist rule. Davis, of course, was well paid to assure it. His credentials don't include honor, morality, ethics and support for the rule of law.

On December 19, 2008, Legal Times writers Jeffrey and Mike Scarcella, headlined "New Strategy for Whole Foods in FTC Fight," saying:

In the high-profile antitrust case, "Whole Foods retained politically savvy lawyer Lanny Davis....to convince power brokers that Whole Foods is not getting a fair shake at the FTC" in its attempt to acquire rival organic grocer Wild Oats. His campaign involved "squeez(ing) the FTC on Capitol Hill through the House and Senate judiciary committees," Davis saying "you do what you have to do" to subvert antitrust laws or back despots replacing democrats. His credo, in fact, is anything for a buck as long as lots of them.

FTC lawyers tried blocking the merger, but lost attempts at the district and appeals court levels. Nonetheless, they pressed their case after both companies consummated the deal. Davis' team created a three-pronged, full-court press strategy, involving lawsuits, media blitzes, and hard-nosed Capitol Hill lobbying that ended successfully.

On August 18, 2009, Salon.com contributor Glenn Greenwald headlined, "The Lanny Davis disease and America's health care debate," saying:

"Davis frequently injects himself into political disputes, masquerading as a 'political analyst' and Democratic media pundit, yet is unmoored from any discernible political beliefs other than: 'I agree with whoever pays me,' " the credo of all lobbyists, especially the most disreputable, Davis very much qualifying.

His entire Capitol Hill history is as "consistent as it is sleazy," the more sleaze, in fact, the more compensation. The hard-right Israel Project hired him to defend Israel's Cast Lead onslaught against Gaza, calling it Israel's "right to self-defense against terrorism," when clearly it was preemptive illegal aggression.

If Davis was just another run-of-the-mill lobbyist "piggishly feeding off our political system," it would be too commonplace "to bother noting. But (he) parades around as - and is treated by media organizations as being - some sort of political pundit," when, in fact, he's a hired gun, backing anyone who'll pay him.

Calling himself a liberal centrist, he supports big money and repressive governments, defending them by vilifying critics. He "reflects the grime and sleaze" that permeates our political culture in a profession that gives whoring a bad name.

On August 10, 2009, Greg Grandin added more to Davis' resume, including:

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